Serie A Injury and Suspension Report – Round 29

Atalanta: Ruslan Malinovskyi is suspended for yellow-card accumulation. Josip Ilicic is not 100 percent after an ankle sprain but he is at his coach’s disposal. José Palomino is out with a thigh injury. 

Bologna: Federico Santander and Andreas Skov Olsen remain out with thigh strains. Andrea Poli will miss up to ten days with a thigh pull. 

Brescia: Andrea Cistana (lower leg) and Jhon Chancellor (thigh) will be back in mid-July at the earliest, Dimitri Bisoli (patellar tendon) is out until December. Continue reading

Serie A Injuries and Suspension Report – Round 28

Atalanta: Josip Ilicic returned from an ankle problem in the last game, thus they have nothing else to worry about.

Bologna: Federico Santander and Andreas Skov Olsen will be out for a while due to thigh strains.

Brescia: Jhon Chancellor (thigh) will miss another one. Andrea Cistana is not close after repairing his peroneal tendon during the lockdown. Continue reading

Serie A Final Weekly Transfer Market Recap

Fiorentina was the most active team over the last few days and signed a quality fivesome: Alfred Duncan from Sassuolo, Igor from SPAL, Christian Kouame and Kevin Agudelo from Genoa and Sofyan Amrabat from Verona. Duncan, purchased for €15M, has been pretty steady over the last four years at Sassuolo, but his playing time has been limited recently due to a tactical switch that did not suit his traits. He is known commodity and can contribute at both ends. Agudelo had a hot stretch under Thiago Motta, flashing very intriguing playmaking and potential, but fell on the wayside with Davide Nicola. He can play all over the formation offensively and probably projects as very offensive box-to-box. He joined on an 18-month loan with conditioned obligation to buy. They will add some much-needed dynamism to the Viola’s midfield, who had nobody behind Gaetano Castrovilli and Marco Benassi. Igor has been a day-one starter with the Estensi after coming over RB Salzburg in the summer, has had some ups-and-down but is still young. The Gigliati lacked a left-footed centre-back for their three-man line, so Igor could challenge Martin Caceres to play there. Continue reading

Serie A Weekly Transfer Market Recap

There were barely any deal in the first few sleepy days of August, where Fiorentina and Milan were the main protagonists. La Viola signed Kevin-Prince Boateng and Pol Lirola from Sassuolo and sold Vitor Hugo to Palmeiras, hinting a switch to their defensive philosophy since they used to deploy Nikola Milenkovic at right back, but will no go with a more normal and aggressive look. The Rossoneri instead cashed in on Patrick Cutrone, who joined Wolverhampton, and substituted him with Rafael Leao from Lille, who projects to be a better fit next to Krzysztof Piatek, and then announced Ismael Bennacer from Empoli on Sunday. Juventus completed the sale of Moise Kean to EvertonContinue reading

Serie A Injury and Suspension Report – Round 31

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Juventus: Mario Mandzukic (flu), Paulo Dybala (calf) and Leonardo Spinazzola (knee) have recovered from their problems, while Cristiano is sitll out. Sami Khedira, Douglas Costa and Juan Cuadrado have ramped up their activity and are close to returning, but they will not be called up in this round. Martin Caceres will miss three weeks with a thigh strain.

Napoli: Lorenzo Insigne is said to have almost recuperated from his thigh contracture and could be in the squad list in this round. David Ospina (head), Faouzi Ghoulam and Vlad Chiriches (thigh) should be in the squad in list, while Raul Albiol is not far away.  Continue reading

Serie A Match of the Round – Roma vs Genoa

Roma-Genoa was pretty much the only back and forth game of the weekend and it had plenty of storylines in it, so it is an easy choice for match of the round. The Giallorossi were coming off two straight 2-2 ties, with different flavor, against Inter and Cagliari and had prevailed just once in the past seven fixtures. Genoa drew in Cesare Prandelli’s debut versus SPAL and have not won since September 30th.

Eusebio Di Francesco, who has been on the hot seat for a while, made the bold move of benching Patrik Schick after two wasteful outings and opted for a three-man defense and a light front-line composed by Cengiz Under, Nicolò Zaniolo and Justin Kluivert. Genoa were without the suspended Domenico Criscito, replaced here by Ervin Zukanovic, but pretty much stuck with their usual XI, with Romulo and Darko Lazovic wide and Sandro anchoring the midfield. Continue reading

Goal filled Genoa’s inconsistency continues

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Genoa’s roller coaster Serie A season continued at the weekend, as they lost 4-1 away at Lazio.

Davide Ballardini’s side have enjoyed an inconsistent start to their 2018-19 campaign, with high scoring wins and losses so far, seeing them sitting in 11th place in the Serie A table.

After beginning the season with a 4-0 Coppa Italia win over Lecce, they then beat newly promoted Empoli, and Bologna, in the opening four games of the season.

However either side of the Bologna victory, there has been defeats to Sassulolo and Lazio, 5-3 and 4-1 respectively.

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Genoa bring back Domenico Criscito

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After abundant rumours, Genoa have completed their first signing of the summer: Domenico Criscito will return on a free transfer from Zenit. The 31-year-old defender leaves Russia after six years and 155 games with the Saint Petersburg club, where he won the Russian league twice.

Criscito has reportedly inked a contract that will keep him in Liguria also as an executive when he will decide to retire. In the past, he had three different stints with the Rossoblù, two of which on loan from Juventus in Serie B before the most notable one from 2008 to 2011, where he recorded 153 appearances.  Continue reading

Serie A Player Status Updates – Round 37

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Here are the updates on the health of few players.

Juventus: Juan Cuadrado is suspended, while Stefano Sturaro and Mattia De Sciglio were in the squad list for the Coppa Italia final, so they have shaken off a foot and an Achilles injury. Giorgio Chiellini and Benedikt Howedes should remain out due to thigh injuries, but they have been called up. 

Napoli: Faouzi Ghoulam made a surprise return to the squad list last week after a lengthy recover for a pair of serious knee injuries. Vlad Chiriches and Adam Ounas have been ruled out late.  Continue reading

Serie A Best Team To Pick – Round 32

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A titillating Serie A round is coming up, here are the suggested players to select.

Antonio Mirante: Bologna are not the most trustworthy team, but Verona have failed to score in their last four away games, so he could be a decent pick. His season has been solid but unspectacular as usual.

Cristiano Biraghi: Fiorentina have kept five clean sheets in the last six outings and they will take on Spal this week, which is a gutsy team but not certainly an untameable beast. He is also no stranger to doing damage on offence.

Daniele Rugani: the Juventus back-line has conceded in the last two games, but they have allowed only five goals so far at home and they will face Sampdoria, which is surely less-than-formidable on the road. He has been dependable this season and he could get a chance to start in the midst of a busy stretch of the schedule. In fact, any Bianconero defender is worth considering.

Ervin Zukanovic: the Bosnian centre-back is having an OK season and Genoa will face Crotone, which are suspect on the road.

Adem Ljajic: the Serbian attacker has won the coach over and he has been extremely effective lately, either scoring or assisting in the last three games. Their three-headed attack is humming. Torino will visit the floundering Chievo on Saturday.

Dries Mertens: he is a in little scoring slump, but he will try to snap out of it in San Siro against Milan, which will be without their starting pair of centre-backs Leonardo Bonucci and Alessio Romagnoli.

Luis Alberto: he has put his name in the scoresheet in the last two showings and assisted against Bologna, so he has stayed prolific despite the dualism with Felipe Anderson. Roma’s defence has not been as staunch as at the beginning of the year lately.

Nicolò Barella: Cagliari will challenge the wavering Udinese, which have lost eight straight matches, in a key match-up. The youngster has been one of the few bright spots for the Sardinian this season

Giovanni Simeone: the determined striker has found the net in three straight matches, with some great goals as well. Spal’s defence is rather permissive and he can definitely be streaky.

Paulo Dybala: he is coming off a hat-trick in Benevento and he is a lock to start due to the suspension in the Champions League. He has recorded seven goals in the last six matches, finally looking like himself after a hamstring injury.

Matteo Politano: he is leading the charge for Sassuolo in a crucial part of the season and he has bagged two goals in the last three games, against very worthy opponents. This time, he will go against Benevento, which have lost every single road game so far this season, conceding a bunch of goals.

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